New construction house. Major squeak in carpeted subfloor. Minor squeaks
elsewhere. Builder does not want to fix because "at this point I'd have to
take up the carpet." My reply was more or less "tough shit bub". He put it
on the list to do, but he has not done it and I don't think he will.
Suggestions for fixing on my own? Can you drive a headless nail down in
there so far it won't ever be an issue with walking on carpet or padding?
But then, how do you know where the joist is?
The "correct" way of fixing is to pull up the carpet, find the
offending location, clearance drill the plywood & drive a couple flat
screws (NOT a drywall screw!) into the joist. Fixed in that location
forever. Re-stretch & secure the carpet
That said, a lot of work to quiet a squeak.
The quick & dirty way to fix it..........a finish nailer (16 gage,
preferably 15 gage), crank up the pressure and shoot some nail down
through the carpet into the joist. Shoot the nails at an angle
perpendicular to the joist to attempt to get some clamping behavior.
I have dealt with this issue in two ways (I did not build the
floors, I was just fixing squeaks). If the framing is
accessable, then force PL400 into the joint between the
subfloor and the joists. On both sides if possible and as much
as is needed. Don't walk on the floor until the adhesive sets.
In the event that the framing is not accessable, I use trim
screws to go through the carpet, through the subfloor and into
the joist. It is a bit tricky to find the joists, but not
If the builder's list is in writing and the list is in your contract
with the builder, you, of course, can go with the remedy written in the
And taking up the carpet is easy, especially if there is no furniture
on it yet and you have the right tools, as a builder would have.
Doing it yourself is as easy as buying a floor squeak kit sold at
Lowe's etc. I've used one and it really works.
How about deck screws? I believe the reason you don't want to use dry wall
screws is because they are brittle and can break with stress. Also I'm
wondering if you need to pull up the carpet? Why can't you just make a
small hole with an awl, start the screw through the hole and then when you
get the head of the screw down near the small hole in the carpet, slowly
work it through. There will only be a very small opening (not a cut) left
in the fabric of the carpeting and with a little brushing it should
disappear completely. I don't suppose it would work as well with short
napped or indoor outdoor carpet but you could try it some where where it
wouldn't show and see.
Deck screws will work fine. Poking through the carpet is ok as well.
A purist (not me unless the stuff was really expensive) would take up
the carpet but how time do you want to spend on this fix?
Ideally, you want a clearance hole through the plywood so the screw
can pull it down against the joist.
Be careful when drilling or driving, watch out for any carpet material
getting wrapped around the drill or driver, which will cause a run in
I've seen contractors shoot through the carpet with a framinng gun & 8d
ring shanks and call it good.
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